Dr Katharina Massing is a lecturer and researcher in Museum and Heritage Development in the School of Arts and Humanities. She is the Course Leader for the MA in Museum and Heritage Development and leads a range of modules, including the Research Project and Museum and Heritage Futures on the course. Dr Massing also contributes to the BA History programme.
Before working at NTU Dr Massing completed her PhD in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Finding an ecomuseum ideal for Hainan Province: Encouraging community participation in intangible cultural and natural heritage protection in a rural setting in China, investigated the current ecomuseum development in Hainan Province, China.She also holds a MA in Chinese Studies (major), Chinese Language (minor) and East Asian Art History from Freie Universität in Berlin.
Dr Massing’s research background lies in the field of regional studies, specifically Chinese Studies. She is particular interested in museum and heritage development in the Asia-Pacific region. Her research focuses on holistic approaches to the safeguarding of heritage and management of sustainable tourism, such as ecomuseums. She is particularly interested in ways in which local communities identify, interpret and safeguard heritage outside of the official heritage discourse.
In addition to her work in Asia she is also working with the Southwell Heritage Trust in Nottinghamshire to establish a community-led heritage project within the town.
Katharina is interested in supporting postgraduate research towards an PhD in the areas identified above. Further information can be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website: www.ntu.ac.uk/research/research-degrees-at-ntu
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Massing, K. (2017) ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in an ethnic theme park setting – the case of Binglanggu in Hainan Province, China’. International Journal of Heritage Studies. doi: 10.1080/13527258.2017.1362571.
Massing, K. (2015) ‘Establishing ecomuseums in Hainan Province: challenges and opportunities for community participation in intangible cultural heritage protection’. In Lira, S., Amoêda, R. and Pinheiro, C. (eds) Sharing Cultures 2015: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage. Barcelos: Green Lines Institute, pp. 477-488.
Corsane, G. and Massing, K. (2015) ‘Establishing Ecomuseums in Hainan Province’. In Corsane, G. and Li, J. (eds) Research of China and UK Cooperative Cases in Cultural Creative Industry. Beijing: China Commerce and Trade Press, pp. 249-272.
Corsane, G. and Massing, K. (2015) ‘From the ‘fragmented’ to the ‘mosaic’ ecomuseum – various forms of shaping ‘territory’ in the different generations of ecomuseums in China’. In Lira, S., Amoêda, R. and Pinheiro, C (eds) Sharing Cultures 2015: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage. Barcelos: Green Lines Institute, pp. 453-466.
Massing, K. (2013) Review of History of China, by Kai Vogelsang (in German). Politische Bildung, 2, pp. 162-163.
Massing, K. (2012) ‘Protecting the intangible heritage of Hainan Province: could the use of ecomuseum principles help safeguard the intangible heritage of the Li and the Miao minorities?’. In Lira, S., Amoêda, R., Pinheiro, C., Davis, P., Stefano, M., Corsane, G. (eds) Ecomuseums 2012: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Ecomuseums, Community Museums and Living Communities. Barcelos: Green Lines Institute, pp. 225-232.